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Gov Diri’s SSA Urges FG To Enlist Biniebi Madinorhbou Festival On Tourism Calendar…As Tompolo Prays For Peaceful Polls 

The Senior Special Assistant (SSA) to Bayelsa State Governor on Tourism, Mr Piriye Kiyaramo has called on the federal government to enlist the Bini-ebi Madinorhbou Cultural Festival of Biniebi-Ama in Ogulagha Kingdom in Delta state on the national tourism calendar. 

Speaking with newsmen at the end of the 3-Day Cultural Festival at Biniebi-Ama, host community of Biniebi Madinohbou Cultural Festival, Mr Kiyaramo said the festival created a levelling ground for all participants such that everyone drank and ate from same glasses and plats, which demostrates the true brotherly love among the Ijaws.

According to the SSA, the the central message of the festival which focused on  promoting purity, humility and love within the Ijaw ethnic nationality, reminds Ijaws of their resilience and rich cultural heritage which could be explored to promote cultural tourism. 

The governor’s senior aide on Tourism explained that “cultural festivals bring happiness to our lives, and strengthen our sense of community as much as they connect us as a people.”

He noted that local festivals have the components of fun through social engagements and  wealth creation by showcasing the tradition and culture of the host community, including their dance, music, cultural attires, delicacies, and performance of their religious rites. 

“Cultural festivals like Biniebi-Madinorhbou foster respect and open-mindedness towards one another, celebrating our differences, as well as our common interests, helping to unite and educate the younger generation to understand other’s perspectives, to broaden our own, and to fully experience and educate ourselves.”

“The economic benefits of festivals are easiest to see. Festivals attract visitors to the host community, which stimulates commercial activities to grow the local economy. Cultural events are events designed for entertainment and enjoyment of a more or less wide audience at the community setting.”

It will be recalled that cultural festivals in Nigeria are avenues for different tribes and ethnic groups in the country to display and celebrate their cultural heritage. These tribes and ethnic groups celebrate their special occasions in honour of their gods and deities or to fulfill certain cultural and religious rites. 

High Chief Oweizidei Government Aka Tompolo while performing the religious during the festival had prayed for peaceful Polls ahead, saying that there could be no meaningful development in the Niger Delta and Nigeria in general without stable polity at all levels of governance. 

On his part, the Traditional Prime Minister and Member of the Bayelsa State House of Assembly Hon. High Chief Macdonald Igbadiwei who chaired the festival, stressed on the need to honour women, reiterating that: “until Ijaws learn to honour their women and treat them as treasures, socio-economic development will continue to elude us.”

High Chief Macdonald Igbadiwei thanked the various communities that attended the 3-Day Bini-ebi Madinorhbou Cultural Festival while promising them an impressive event next year. 

Arguably the biggest cultural festival in the world (not to mention its wildest party), is Brazil’s Carnival, widely considered “the greatest show on Earth.” The event attracts nearly five million people each year, with a half-million, being visitors traveling to see the spectacle.

High point of the festival was inter-community dancing competition where

Agoro community came first with cash prize of fifty thousand naira (50,000), Gbaramatu community came 2nd and went home with thirty thousand naira cash prize, while Okoloba community took third position with twenty thousand naira (20,000) cash prize. 

See photos from the festival below:

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